International Week Against Racism! Football connects people in a way that cannot be matched. Unique goals, incredible moves, raw emotion – there are countless reasons why football is so thrilling for us all.
However, there are always scenes which leave us speechless and leave us behind: racism and hate, regardless of whether it’s on the pitch, in the stands or on the internet. These are actions and words which are deeply against our values and have no place in our sport because football stands first and foremost for mutual respect, fair play and solidarity, regardless of ancestry, religion, skin colour or any other features.
This, and only this, is the way it should be. Exactly the same as how we can only win as a team, racism and discrimination can likewise only be overcome together. Therefore, it is important not to look the other way, but to defend all the values that football stands for – openly, loudly and proudly – both during the International Week Against Racism and every day thereafter.
“Solidarity. Unbounded.” Is the motto for the International Week Against Racism, which will take place from 15th to 28th March this year. Several thousand clubs, organisations, schools, religious groups and sporting associations support the campaign across Germany and the whole of Europe every year in order to publicly show a sign against racism and for civil rights and solidarity. This includes RB Leipzig. We stand together – against racism and for 100 percent human dignity.
As part of the International Week Against Racism, RB Leipzig again made a clear signal: “Unser Ball ist bunt!” (Our ball is multicoloured!)
11 footballs from the first team, the RBL women’s team and a few of our young Bulls were sprayed colourfully in order to show as clearly as possible what the club stands for:
- for diversity and openness
- for human rights and tolerance
- for a colourful and peaceful club and fan culture
- for the fundamental values of society.
Our team is colourful. Danish, German, French, Malawian, Dutch, Norwegian, Austrian, Swedish, Slovenian, Spanish, South Korean, Hungarian, US American – the RB Leipzig players combine 13 different nationalities and different languages.
We want to show that everyone is welcome with us – regardless of beliefs, heritage, skin colour or sexual identity.
And we want to show it clearly.
That’s why the first XI took the colourful balls with them onto the pitch for kick-off. It’s why the #UnserBallistBunt adorned the four corner flags, ran across the LED advertising boards regularly throughout the 90 minutes as well the big video walls and was hoisted up as a flag in front of the main building.
Our ball has every colour!
"Players from 13 different countries play together in our team – and it works. Football connects and unifies people. Our ball is multicoloured and will remain so. As a club, we stand for diversity, tolerance, openness and respect."